Steer More, Row Less?

I think I was born practical. As a result I really hate wasting time, money, or resources.

No surprise then that I have very little tolerance for red tape – meaning complex and time-consuming forms and procedures.

While I no longer work for government or a bureaucracy, a number of recent encounters were a reminder of just how darn good they can be in terms of generating it. And the thing is, every centimeter of that red tape was generated by government with the very best of intentions. What makes it even worse is that the red tape keeps… More Posted on 02-27-11

Could Boomers and Generation Y be an Ideal Match?

This week, despite working really hard to turn my to-do’s into to-done’s, the list kept getting longer.  As a result, it was difficult to muster up much energy for an interview with a fresh-out-of-school young woman who wanted to interview me for an article that would showcase our organization’s community leadership work.

Much to my surprise, it was an uplifting experience. She had obviously spent time on our website and understood our mandate, prepared excellent questions, and listened well. But it was her enthusiastic grasp of the value and importance of our work that was most exciting. Even when I… More Posted on 02-20-11

Rethinking Our Sacred Cows

We all have our sacred cows. You know, the way we’ve always done things.  And the truth is, it often takes a lot to get us to try something new. We have our tried and true and, especially when we’re stressed, we tend to fall back on what we know. It’s not unlike cooking. Like many others, when I’m busy or rushed, it’s the favourite recipes that I reach for. Yet, if we want to go in a different direction, relying on our old recipes is like only paddling on one side of the canoe. Not only will we have… More Posted on 02-13-11